41 Japanese Snowbell

Portrait of a young Japanese Snowbell covered with late summer green leaves.Facts About Japanese Snowbell

Styrax japonica

Native to: Japan and China
Crown: Oval to broadly rounded and flat-topped
Height: 20 - 30 feet
Width: 30 feet
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

Characteristics: The foliage on this tree is dark green to red or yellow in the fall. It has slightly fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers that appear in June. Leaves angle upward from branches while flowers hang down, giving parallel green and white tiers. The gray fruit splits to reveal brown nuts. Snowbell's bark shows orange-brown grooves as it ages. It is low-branched and has a graceful habit. It needs reasonably good, well-drained soil.

Negative Features: Low branching and multi-stemmed habit requires regular pruning to develop tree form and maintain an 8'-10' high canopy suitable for street tree use. Poor drought tolerance.

Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs, and tight situations where there is little room on arterial, collector, and residential streets. Good for highlights and entry features. Best used in limited quantity. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.

Comments: Japanese Snowbell is a good, small tree that is seldom planted. Best planted from stock that has the roots balled in soil and wrapped with burlap.

Engraved stone sign for Japanese Snowbell, Styrax japonica.
Japanese Snowbell branches covered with bright green leaves and tiny green fruit.
Graphic of a golden, smiling sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.
Graphic displaying whether tree height will work with existing utility lines.